- The packed arena at Olympia
It was super to be in London to witness another Irishman - Dermott Lennon - winning the Grand Prix.
I won it in 2009 with Rancorrado and before that Eddie Macken won it in 1987.
Obviously being a competitive person I always want to win but when I wasn’t in the jump off I was fully supporting Dermott’s efforts. He was world champion in 2002 and this week when I watched him in action its obvious what a horseman he is.
Overall I was pleased with my week in OLympia. Uniek was placed in both speed classes, O’Connell Street jumped clear but just one time fault in his first major class on Sunday night.
Blue Loyd had some good performances earlier in the week, being placed twice, but was far too fresh in the Grand Prix and I felt I hadn’t enough bridle in him. It’s often difficult when you get a new horse to know what bit, how much leg, what feeding programme etc., and I feel I learned a lot about him here.
He has all the scope in the world and is super careful but now I will concentrate on getting him riding better between the fences and teaching him to listen. I really feel he is going to be a top machine and am looking forward to 2012 already!
My horses fly to Palm Beach on Thursday where I will stay for the winter to compete in the Winter Equestrian Festival.
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and my very best wishes for 2012. Talk in the New Year.
- Part of the pageantry of the great London Olympia show
I’m writing to you on my way home from Porto in Portugal.
I was a little unimpressed with the show here. The arena was good, stabling and course building were excellent. However, there were so many national riders in the classes and it just went on forever.
I wasn’t in love with the ground and with a surprise invitation coming for me last week to compete in Olympia next weekend, I decided to pack up early and head for the UK.
Blue Loyd was double clear in the feature class on the opening day, finishing fifth. O’Connell street was third in a 1.40m class and Uniek was third in the Accumulator so they should be in top form for one of my favourite shows, London Olympia, which kicks off Thursday.
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- O'Connell Street jumped clear and placed 7th in the 1m50 at Salzburg
I’m writing on my way home from Salzburg. It's always nice to get home straight after the show.
My horses jumped really well with my 8 yr old O’Connell Street being placed in two classes and Blue Loyd jumping the 1.55m class on Saturday for just four faults. I look forward to getting to know him more in the coming weeks and couldn't be happier with his performance on our debut competition.
I’m home for a few days to train and work at Karlswood, followed by a quick turn around on Wednesday when I head for Porto in Portugal. I ride the same horses there, where the action gets underway on Thursday.
Check back next week for more news.